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Upcoming events

Junior Club

Thursdays 6:30-7:30 pm:

Junior club resumes Thursday 24th April with coaching and casual games.

Junior Autumn Allegro (15min) begins 1st May.


Senior Club

Thursdays 7:45 pm-:

Senior club resumes Thursday 24th April  with a Coaching Session by FIDE Trainer NY Wong and social chess.

The President's Cup (5 round, 60/30) begins 1st May - see here.

Keep an eye on our Calendar for details of upcoming events. Everyone welcome!

2014 Croydon Chess Classic

Croydon Chess Club

presents a

2014 Australian Chess

Grand Prix Class 2 Event

Croydon Chess Classic
(12th-13th July 2014)


Croydon Chess will be hosting the 2014 Croydon Chess Classic.  In overview:

  • Five round Swiss over one weekend
  • ACF-rated
  • 75 minutes + 30 seconds/move

Entry Limit: In order to accommodate all players comfortably in our venue, there is a limit of 52 entries. The first 52 fully paid entries will be accepted.


Venue (see map opposite) will be: 

Croydon RSL
1 Civic Square
Croydon VIC 3136


For further information, you can:

  • Visit the tournament info page
  • Download the tournament brochure
  • Email the organiser:
  • Visit our Chess Chat  thread


What We Offer

Croydon Chess offers a fun and family-friendly environment suitable for chess players of all ages and skill levels.

Our junior coaching program is run by club member Ian Birchall.

We have regular tournaments for our Junior and Adult players, ranging from fun events such as Blitz (all moves in 5 minutes), through to more serious events such as the Croydon Open.

We also run the popular Croydon Chess Classic, an open weekend tournament in July, which draws many of the best players in Victoria.

Croydon Chess is affiliated with Chess Victoria under the auspices of the Australian Chess Federation.

Club Membership
-- $60.00 / year for seniors
-- $40.00 / year for juniors
---- $20.00 / year for 2nd junior
---- additional juniors free

Coaching Program for Juniors
-- Start time: 6:30pm
-- Cost: $2.00

Senior Program
-- Start time: 7:30pm

Weekly ACF-rated Tournaments
-- usually $10.00 / tournament

-- $20.00 / tournament if prize
   money is offered 

Casual Play
-- infrequent non-members
-- cost $5.00 / visit

When We Meet

The club meets regularly on most Thursday evenings during the school term.

Please refer to the club calendar for dates, times and details of upcoming events.

6:30pm -7.30pm Junior Club and Coaching

Junior Club consists of a coaching session followed by tournament games - please check the calendar. 

7.30pm – 10.30pm Senior Club

Our Senior program starts from 7:30pm onwards, allowing both informal/casual games and regularly scheduled competitive tournament games. Junior members may stay on and play in Senior tournaments, but parents should be aware that their games may finish quite late.

Membership Brochure

Latest News
Newsletter #1, 2014

 16 April 2014: Our first Newsletter for 2014 includes the following items:

  • A report on our Family Chess Fest
  • "The Prez Says" by Club President, Richard Goldsmith
  • Ian's reports on Junior and Senior events
  • Upcoming events

You can find the latest newsletter here.

2014 Croydon Junior Open - Easter Holidays

Prize Winners -

1st: Tony Yu (7/7)

2nd: Selwyn Lo (6/7)

3rd: Clarice Woon (5/7)

Top Under 10: Chao Shien Cheng

Top Girl: Rachel Woon

Encouragement Award: Chao Xin Cheng


24 players participated. See the "Tournaments" section for full results.

2014 Family Chess Fest

 In excess of 60 Mums, Dads and kids turned up for our Family Open Day on Sunday 30th March. We hope everyone enjoyed the tournament (or the talk by Guy!). Many thanks to everyone for making this such a successful event. The tournament results can be seen in the 'Tournaments' section of our website.

2014 Croydon Open - Final Results

Congratulations to IM Guy West on winning the Croydon Open for the 5th time with a score of 6.5/7.

1st__________.IM Guy West___$150
2nd__________Ian Birchall____$100
= 3rd to 5th ___Regan Crowley ($70 - top junior), Kerry Stead ($35), Garry Lycett ($35)
U1600________Richard Goldsmith, John Fleming ($35 each).
The biggest upset prize (a book) went to Simon Andersson for his draw against Guy West in Round 3.

Congratulations to all the prize-winners. We hope to see everyone again soon!

2014 FIDE World Candidates Tournament

The Candidates Tournament in Khanty-Mansiysk is on now, running until 31 March! The winner of this event will qualify as the official challenger to World Champion GM Magnus Carlsen in a match in November. For live games, results and reports visit the official website

2014 Croydon Chess Classic

Our popular annual weekender, the Croydon Chess Classic will be held on the 12-13 July 2014

For further information and to register, you can:

  • Visit the tournament info page
  • Email the organiser:
  • Visit our Chess Chat  thread
2014 Committee

Your committee for 2014 as voted in at the January AGM is as follows:

President: Richard Goldsmith

Vice President: IM Guy West

Treasurer: Pearl Yung

Secretary: Ian Birchall

General Committee Members: Garry Lycett and Jean Watson


Other Positions:

Junior and Senior Program Director: Ian Birchall

Croydon Chess Classic Organiser: Ian Birchall

Website Manager: Pearl Yung

Newsletter Editor: Jean Watson

The committee would like to thank outgoing General Committee member, Ion Kloprogge, for his wonderful commitment to the club over many years. We send Ion our very best wishes and support as he battles with a serious illness and very much hope to see him back at the club in the future.
We welcome a new committee member in Garry Lycett. Thank you Garry for joining the committe and for the assistance you've given Ian with the Junior Club to date.


2013 President's Report

The 2013 President's Report by IM Guy West is now available. If you'd like to get a feeling for all the different things which have happened at Croydon Chess over the last year, check out the News tab!

IM Guy West - 2013 Croydon Club Champion

IM Guy West has won the club championship with 7/7! Ian Birchall achieved 2nd place with 5.5/7. Strong performances by juniors, Carl Dingfelder and Cameron Yung, saw them finish =3rd to 5th with Kim Tan on 4.5/7. Congratulations all!


Location of Croydon Chess Club (circled)
Melways ref: 50 J4

Meeting Address

Croydon RSL
1 Civic Square
Croydon VIC 3136
(near bottom of Main Street)

Postal Address
C/O Croydon RSL
PO Box 75
Croydon VIC 3136


0407 348 172



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Sponsors and Supporters

Croydon Chess wishes to thank the following organisations instrumental in helping develop our club:

Bendigo Bank

Bendigo Bank Mooroolbark

L J Hooker

LJ Hooker Mooroolbark

Northern Star Chess

Northern Star Chess - home of the Northern Star Chess Study Cards

Kroeger Building

80 Linwood Road
Seville VIC 3139

Renovations and Extensions
(established 1963)



Maroondah City Council

Maroondah City Council

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Croydon Chess services the following areas:

Bayswater, Blackburn, Boronia, Box Hill, Chirnside Park, Croydon, Doncaster, Donvale, Ferntree Gully, Forest Hill, Glen Waverley, Healesville, Heathmont, Heatherdale, Kilsyth, Knox, Lilydale, Mitcham, Monbulk, Montrose, Mooroolbark, Mount Dandenong, Mount Evelyn, Mount Waverley, Narre Warren, Nunawading, Park Orchards, Ringwood, Rowville, Scoresby, Seville, Silvan, Templestowe, Vermont, Wandin, Wantirna, Warburton, Warrandyte, Wheelers Hill, Wonga Park, Woori Yallock, Yarra Glen, Yarra Valley (covering council areas of Knox, Manningham, Maroondah, Whitehorse and Yarra Ranges).

We have also listed other Melbourne and Victorian clubs on our external links page.

Statement of Purpose

Croydon Chess exists to:

  • encourage the enjoyment of chess amongst residents of Croydon and surrounding suburbs
  • educate our community about the benefits of a lifetime of playing chess
  • train participants of all ages to become more technically proficient in their play
  • facilitate the running of structured (competitive) chess tournaments as well as informal (casual) play
  • provide a welcoming club environment that fosters development of productive, long-term relationships between our members

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